EXAMS ARE OVER! (for now anyway) & I’m ready to start throwing my art out into the world again. Some of you might remember one of the first posts that I did: The imaginary forest. If you don’t, it’s a piece I created that encompasses several forms of art such as painting, textiles and paper cutting. It took a while to make and involved quite a lot of research in the manner of investigating trees, mythical creatures and colour palettes.
“Investigating trees????” I hear you cry.
Yes, I spent the best part of three months traipsing graveyards, forests and mundane streets in search of the perfect tree. A tree that divulged its age through the ancient twists in its bark. I was searching for a tree that would become the icon for my imaginary world. Here’s what I managed to find:
As you can see, the trees I found most interesting were the decaying ones due to their beautiful colours and textures. After studying them, I used them to create my final piece, the sculpture of the Imaginary Forest. Along the way, I produced a series of photoshop images to accompany the artwork. Intertwining the imagery of my mythical creatures with the eerie nature of bare tree branches set the scene for my forest.
Photoshop is so much fun because it allows you to overlay images, change transparencies and incorporate your own drawings into photography. However it can be frustrating and a painstaking process erasing, editing and filtering your work. It also become hard to know when to stop and let your work speak for itself. Below are the rest of the images I made, I hope you like them!
I used these images to create a ‘Zine’ (mini magazine) which told the story of my mythical creature – but that’s for another blog post! I hope you’ve all enjoyed looking at these, I’m definitely going to get back into photoshop in the new year!
It’s still Christmas Eve for me in the USA, but for my family and friends back home, Merry Christmas!!